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About this practice

Discover how we help clients identify, plan, finance, deliver, and operate infrastructure that delivers economic and social value.

Infrastructure is one of the cornerstones of a stable and productive society. Strategic investments in transport, housing, energy, and communication infrastructure are essential to create a strong and competitive economy with good jobs and standards of living. In fact, our analysis suggests that to maintain global GDP growth through 2030 requires a$60 trillion investment in infrastructure. To make effective infrastructure investments, decision makers must balance a variety of economic, social, and environmental considerations.

While infrastructure presents unique challenges, it also offers opportunities for both the public and private sector. McKinsey’s Infrastructure Practice helps clients identify, plan, finance, deliver, and operate infrastructure that delivers economic and social value.

Who we are

McKinsey is the leading advisor on the planning, development, delivery, and operation of infrastructure and real estate assets. Our Infrastructure Practice works with clients in a unique way—bringing together best practices learned while serving the world’s leading companies with deep industry expertise.

We serve infrastructure planners—such as, government entities—engineering and construction (E&C) companies, owners, investors, and operators. Over the past five years, our practice has advised private companies and public entities on more than 2000 projects. We are active in all geographies, asset classes, and project stages—from planning and financing to delivery and operation. Our global team of Infrastructure consultants works closely with colleagues in related practices—including Travel, Transport, & Logistics, Public Sector, Corporate Finance, Risk, and Operations—to bring deep expertise to every project. We invest heavily in building and honing cutting-edge tools and solutions for our clients.

What we do

Our Infrastructure Practice serves clients in the following areas:

  • Engineering & construction. We support E&C firms involved in the planning, construction, and delivery of infrastructure projects. We help clients develop go-to-market strategies and deliver projects more quickly and cost effectively.
  • Real estate. We advise real estate players on commercial, industrial, and residential real estate projects. From planning to development, marketing, and operation, we assist clients in creating value and minimizing risk throughout the lifecycle of a project. To ensure our clients’ projects are economically- attractive, we provide insights on end-user markets and the risk-return preferences of investors.
  • Investors. We work with infrastructure funds, pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, banks, development banks, national infrastructure banks, and high-net-worth individuals involved in sourcing, financing, and maximizing the value of infrastructure assets. We also help public entities and private parties vet, structure, and manage public-private partnerships (PPPs).
  • Transport. We serve transport authorities, government entities, and private sector partners involved in the planning, development, construction and operation of transport-related infrastructure—including airports, railways, metropolitan transport systems, roads, and seaports.
  • Mega Projects. We help owner teams and contractors plan, deliver, and in some cases, rescue capital-intensive projects.
  • Social Infrastructure. We support the public and private entities responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining physical infrastructure for social purposes—including public buildings, healthcare facilities, and schools and universities.
  • Cities. We work with the leadership of cities around the world to address their most pressing infrastructure challenges and to meet economic and social objectives. From transport and roads to waste and water—we have a holistic, end-to end perspective on urban infrastructure.